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Evaluating Brokerages And Comparing Their Commissions

Options trade executions include a discussion of the levels of trading approval needed to use various options strategies. You will recall that these defined levels will vary slightly from one brokerage to another. Here is a chart reviewing a sample of these trading levels: In this article, I will review the commission structure of some [...]

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Covered call writing in bear and volatile markets

Emergency Management Report: Dealing with Volatile and Bearish Markets

With the stock market declining over 5% in the past month as a result of geo-political and global concerns exacerbated by the fears of an Ebola epidemic we find ourselves in a position that may lead to “panic” in our investment decisions. The stock market seemed to stabilize a bit on Friday but we are [...]

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Options Clearing Corporation: Guaranteeing Our Options Trades

Covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts involves investing our hard-earned money. Did you ever wonder who guarantees these trades? It’s not our broker or even our broker’s clearing firm. It’s the Options Clearing Corporation or the OCC. This is an organization that acts as both the issuer and guarantor for option and futures contracts. [...]

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Ask Alan

Ask Alan #104 – When Should I Close My Position Early If Stock Price Moves Up?

Alan answers a question shared by John, who asks: “I had the opportunity to utilize your premium report for the first time last Monday (8/18). I purchased 100 shares of CAVM and sold one option on that stock. On Friday, I bought back the option and sold the stock. It looks like it was a [...]

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put-selling calculations and strike price selection

“Moneyness” Of Call And Put Options: Understanding Strike Prices

Strike price selection is such a key part of options trading basics and options calculations. There are 3 types of strike prices for both put and call options: in-the-money, at-the-money (and the closely related near-the-money) and out-of-the-money. Moneyness tells option holders whether exercising will lead to a profit.  Moneyness looks at the value of an option [...]

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maximizing covered call returns using theta

Should I Enter My Trades On Expiration Friday Or The Following Monday?

The timing of our option trade executions will impact the success of our covered call writing returns. The BCI methodology prides itself on having rules and guidelines for buying back options, re-selling options and selling long stock positions. One question that many of us have thought about is when to enter our 1-month trades. My [...]

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covered call writing exchange-traded funds

Why Covered Call ETFs Under-Perform

With the popularity of covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts growing in popularity, we have witnessed the creation of new exchange-traded funds based on these strategies. Over the last few years I have not been a proponent of these securities mainly because they under-perform the overall market and motivated retail investors can do so [...]

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options on an index and on an exchange-traded fund

Index Options And Exchange-Traded Funds Options: A Comparison

Writers of covered calls and cash-secured puts use stocks or exchange-traded funds as the underlying securities. It is the value of these securities that give value to our option premiums. For example, we will buy back an option when share price moves down causing the corresponding option to decline in value as well. We may [...]

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Ask Alan

Ask Alan #103 – Combining Covered Call Writing and Dividend Capture

Alan answers a question shared by Clyde, who asks: “I’ve been on the look-out for an Investor’s Business Daily/Options play and your service maps exactly to that. Have you considered another dimension to this, as in, dividend plays?” If you want more “Ask Alan” videos, you can view the archive. More Video: For those new [...]

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maximizing covered call returns using theta

How To Maximize Covered Call Writing Returns By Understanding Time Value and Theta

Mastering the concepts of the time value of our option premiums and how theta impacts our option profits will help elevate our returns to the highest possible levels. Let’s first define these terms: Definitions Time value: The portion of the option premium that is attributable to the amount of time remaining until expiration. It is [...]

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